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Nick Foles

Philadelphia Eagles

Not Skipping a Beat


Carson Wentz is out for the season, and maybe some of Next season with a torn ACL. Over their first 24 games Foles has more TD’s, fewer INT’s, and more yards that Wentz has in his first 24 games. Foles was a Pro Bowler who threw 27 TD & 2 INT with the Eagles in 2013. The last time Nick Foles faced the Raiders, he threw for 7 TDs.

Fantasy Goo: I’m not saying there won’t be an adjustment period and I’m not trying to say the Eagles are better-off without Wentz, but Foles is a very capable back-up and if he can stir-up that 2013 magic the Eagles should be fine. Normally I’d say wait a week before starting Foles or any of the skill position players on the Eagles, but with it being week 15 and the match-up being a weak Oakland defense, I’m starting them all as you usually would.


12/13/17, 03:59 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Lamar Miller

Houston Texans

Miller a Solid Cash Play on DFS


Miller will face the 49'ers, who according to Football Outsiders ranks 30th in Defensive DVOA.

Fantasy Goo: In the last 3 weeks, Miller is 6th in total carries. In cash games, you want opportunity. Considering the 49'ers run one of the fastest paced offenses in the league, his carries, already in the top 10 in recent weeks, should see an increase.


12/10/17, 11:14 AM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.footballoutsiders.com


Giovani Bernard

Cincinnati Bengals

Gio Free Square


Gio is gets the starting role today as there as Mixon is out.

Fantasy Goo: The man is only $3100 on Draft Kings. The Baengals are home and 6 point favorites. The game script could easily favor the ground game, which means Gio should get plenty of touches to surpass 3X value.


12/10/17, 10:57 AM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles

Still in Concussion Protocol


Eagles still want to look at TE Zach Ertz and his concussion on Sunday, but he is considered doubtful for game vs. Rams even though he is listed as questionable.

Fantasy Goo: Trey Burton has been a big name all week, going for 4 receptions for 42 yards after Ertz’s exit last week. Burton is a versatile athlete, but not a premier TE like Ertz. His good numbers came against Denver which is giving up the second most points to the TE position this year. Philly faces the Rams this week who are sixth best in fantasy points allowed. I'm not considering Burton a good stream this week.


12/10/17, 10:19 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Ameer Abdullah

Detroit Lions

Pain in the Neck


Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (neck, questionable) is not expected to play today, source said, though it's more for play than injury reasons. Detroit is trying other players to improve the run game.

Fantasy Goo: This isn’t surprising given Abdullah’s disappointing performances over the past year and more.
Tion Green led the team with 51 rushing yards in his debut last week, and figures to be the Lions' ball-carrier Sunday in Tampa. Pass-catcher Theo Riddick will see reps as well and I expect that he has a safer floor especially in PPR.


12/10/17, 10:05 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Chris Hogan

New England Patriots

Primed for Monday Return


Hogan has been out the past four weeks and has basically caused me a playoff berth in one of my dynasty leagues. If you’re still in it I’d get him into the line-up. With Gronk out Hogan should see a solid number of targets.


12/10/17, 10:03 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Amari Cooper

Oakland Raiders

It's A Trap


Source says, if Cooper can cut at full speed and start and stop in pregame workout, they will use him on a limited basis or “pitch count.” Calls it a “very dramatic turnaround” from what team was expecting 48 hours ago.

Fantasy Goo: Total decoy move, I’m not starting him even if he is healthy enough to play. Cooper went for 11/210/2 when he faced the Chiefs in Week 7, so it is tempting to put him in, but you’ve got to figure that the Raiders want him in there just so the Chiefs have to play coverage his way and leave Crabtree in single coverage.


12/10/17, 10:01 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Todd Gurley

Los Angeles Rams

Lower Expectations This Week


Todd Gurley has just 1 TD over his last four games, but still has finished as RB6, RB16, RB8, and RB7 in those games. The TD came in the RB16 week. Insane usage AND efficiency from Gurley.

Fantasy Goo: He’s been the most consistent RB1 for the entire season, which is a nice turn-around from a disappointing 2016. He faces the Eagles this week who are second-best in fantasy points allowed to the RB position this year. I think we have to start him, but expectations must be lowered. He’s a fade in DFS this week.


12/09/17, 12:58 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Josh Gordon

Cleveland Browns

Balls Flying Everywhere


Per @rotounderworld, 70% of DeShone Kizer's pass attempts have been catchable balls, the third-lowest rate among quarterbacks with at least 100 attempts this season. Winds expected near 20 mph in Cleveland this week.

Fantasy Goo: I would not consider starting Kizer at any point this year, but the key question here is will he be able to get the ball anywhere near Josh Gordon. He was only able to catch 4 of the 11 balls thrown in his direction last week, but he was going against one of the top corners in the league. He was still able to rack up 85 yards, and had over 200 air-yards, so we can be confident the opportunity will be there. If I had him anywhere I would most likely start him and will probably have him ranked as a mid-range WR2.


12/09/17, 12:53 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Andy Dalton

Cincinnati Bengals

Red Rocket Time


Andy Dalton’s finishes last 3 weeks: QB9, QB12, QB6. Over the last 3 wks he is QB 7.
This week he faces Chicago whose pass defense over the past 3 games is allowing a QBR of 103, a 68% completion percentage, and 6th highest passing percentage for 1st downs.

Fantasy Goo: Dalton is a viable streamer this week, but I hesitate to rank him in the top 12. If you’re in the playoffs you’re probably just riding with what got you there, but if you’re stuck with a questionable match-up Dalton is a solid option. Also consider that while Chicago’s defense has looked good most of the year, their best games have been at home, this game is in Cincinnati.


12/09/17, 12:50 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Tyrod Taylor

Buffalo Bills

Sore Knee Opens Door for Peterman


Nathan Peterman has taken all the first-team reps and it would be utterly shocking if he’s not the starter in a game the Bills must win if they hope to entertain any further thoughts about staying alive in the AFC wild-card playoff chase.

Fantasy Goo: This is a dream match-up, but I wouldn’t consider starting Peterman after his last performance (5 Int’s). If Taylor is able to start we should probably pump the breaks on him as well. The match-up is great, but his knee is the issue holding him back, if he loses his rushing numbers he loses his fantasy upside.


12/09/17, 12:45 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.democratandchronicle.com


Kenyan Drake

Miami Dolphins

Love the Drake


Per PFF, Percentage of Touches With At Least One Missed Tackle Forced:
Kenyan Drake: 25.7% (4th-best), Jay Ajayi: 15.7% (25th-of-50)

Fantasy Goo: Damien Williams is out so Drake should see 20+ touches, even in negative game-script he’ll get catches out of the backfield. When we are looking for a starting RB the first thing to look at is opportunity, and it’s definitely there this week.


12/07/17, 08:00 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

The Belichick Shuffle


Rex Burkhead has scored a touchdown once every 13.2 touches. Alvin Kamara has scored a touchdown once every 13.3 touches.

Fantasy Goo: Burkhead has seen as many touches as Lewis over the past two weeks and is getting goal-line carries, against Miami this week I’ll consider them both RB2’s.


12/07/17, 07:55 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Devin Funchess

Carolina Panthers

Momentum vs Match-Up


Since Kelvin Benjamin was traded, Devin Funchess has averaged 18.4 PPR PPG. That would be good enough for the WR5 on the full season.

Fantasy Goo: Funchess will be facing Xavier Rhodes this week, Rhodes has been slowed by injuries over the past few weeks, but seems to be coming back to health. I’m certainly not considering him as a WR1 this week and if you’re in the playoffs you probably have other options, but if you don’t go with what got you there.


12/07/17, 07:52 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Mark Ingram

New Orleans Saints

Pair of Aces


The Panthers allowed more RB1 games in Week 13 (2) than they had the rest of the season combined (1).

Fantasy Goo: The Saints running game is for real, Kamara and Ingram are both must-starts. They could shred a middle-of-the-road run defense like Atlanta.


12/07/17, 07:21 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Alvin Kamara

New Orleans Saints

Pair of Aces


The Panthers allowed more RB1 games in Week 13 (2) than they had the rest of the season combined (1).

Fantasy Goo: The Saints running game is for real, Kamara and Ingram are both must-starts. They could shred a middle-of-the-road run defense like Atlanta.


12/07/17, 07:21 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Derrick Henry

Tennessee Titans

Smoke and Mirrors


Over the last two games, Derrick Henry has faced 8+ in the box 76.92% and 72.73% of the time. He has averaged 7.83 YPC.

Fantasy Goo: His last two games were against Indy and Houston, while Indy is a bottom 5 defense in fantasy points allowed to RB’s, Houston is top 5. Henry had a 75yd run, with a minute left in the game while they were just trying to run-out the clock, against Houston which completely pads his stats. This week’s opponent, Arizona, is another tough opponent against the rush, I’m not betting on a big play from Henry again.


12/07/17, 06:13 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Andre Ellington

Arizona Cardinals

Keep It In The Family


According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Houston Texans have placed wide receiver Bruce Ellington on injured reserve, ending his 2017 season. Ellington's been filling in for Will Fuller (ribs), and his absence will be felt, especially until Fuller's return.

Fantasy Goo: Fuller didn’t practice at all last week. Andre Ellington (Bruce’s cousin) attempted to play WR this year in Arizona, but couldn’t make the roster at that position. Don’t be surprised if the late season pick-up gives it another shot, Ellington had 5 receptions on 6 targets in week 13, for 59 yards.


12/05/17, 07:30 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Stephen Anderson

Houston Texans

Injuries Bread Opportunity


Houston Texans tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz (concussion) has been placed on injured reserve, ending his season. This is his third concussion in a year. The 26-year-old's season is over and possibly his career as well. Stephen Anderson will take over starting tight end duties for the Texans in his place.

Fantasy Goo: The 49ers are next for Houston and SF has been giving up points to every position besides TE’s. Anderson is more of a hybrid WR/TE, the main reason he lacks playing time is because he’s not a good inline blocker. Anderson had 12 targets in week 13, I’d imagine we will see double digit targets again this week.


12/05/17, 07:28 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Frank Gore

Indianapolis Colts

Not on Empty Yet


To say Gore isn't a flashy player is an understatement, but continues to see solid volume, reaching at least 18 touches in four of the last five games. The Bills are near the bottom of the barrel against the run, and Gore should see his usual workload as long as the Colts can keep the game close.

Fantasy Goo: I haven’t touched him all year, but I have a feeling he has just enough left in him for one more big game. It could just as easily be a big game for Mack instead, but starting either will be a risky proposition in this inept offense, especially in your fantasy playoffs.


12/05/17, 07:26 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Matt Ryan

Atlanta Falcons

One Year Wonder


Matt Ryan has not finished as a top-8 fantasy QB once in 2017. Last year, Ryan finished as a top-8 fantasy QB in 9-of-16 (56.3%) contests.

Fantasy Goo: He certainly misses the Shanahan offense. In weeks 14 and 16 Ryan faces the Saints who have been slightly better than average against QB’s this year, and a tremendous improvement over last year. Week 15 he has a nice match-up against Tampa Bay, but it is on the road.


12/05/17, 07:24 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Week 15 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Quarterbacks

Week 15 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Quarterbacks

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2012 Week 15 Fantasy Football Rankings - Quarterbacks

 

 

 

Quarterback Player Rankings – Week 15

 

 

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Quarterbacks                 (Updated:  Sunday, Dec. 16 - 10:39AM CT)

 

Cam Newton - Pyro Character

1.           Cam Newton (at SD) – There’s nothing like finding yourself in the fantasy playoffs with a running quarterback on a roll. Cam Newton put up the most fantasy points in the league over the last six weeks and has been the top point-getter in each of the last three. In that time, he’s thrown for 11 touchdowns and only two interceptions while also rushing for 330 yards and another four TDs. He’s averaged a massive 34.5 fantasy points (standard scoring) in his last three games and has all the confidence in the world right now. San Diego has allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks over the last five weeks so there’s no reason to believe Newton won’t be able to keep up his torrid pace.


Drew Brees - Pyro Character

2.           Drew Brees (vs. TB) – Drew Brees hasn’t been the same fantasy stud that he was last year, but would you believe that even though he looks merely average this season, he’s still put up a career second-best fantasy points per game? Whether you’ve been unsatisfied with his performance or not, this will NOT be a game in which he disappoints. He continues to be an absolute monster at home this season averaging 292.2 yards, three touchdowns and 20.9 fantasy points per game. Considering how he shredded this Tampa Bay pass defense for 377 yards and four TDs earlier in the year, you have to believe a high-end QB1 type of day is on its way.


Tom Brady - Pyro Character

3.           Tom Brady (vs. SF, Sunday night) – It’s that time of the season here, folks. The time when Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the rest of the New England Patriots team turn up the juice in order to be in high-gear for the playoffs. Fantasy owners who know the Patriots knew this would be coming and made sure to draft at least a player or two on this team back in August. Those who didn’t, I’ll bet they won’t forget come draft day next season. What I’m trying to say here is that even though the Texans have a stout as hell defense—as the San Francisco 49ers do—there was no doubt in my mind that Brady would pick Houston apart last Monday night. Even if the ‘Niners are better than the Texans, it only means Brady and Belichick will push their offense that much harder.


Josh Freeman - Pyro Character

4.           Josh Freeman (at NO) – Big Josh Freeman has come back down to Earth a bit lately tossing up just four TDs, one INT and an average of 229 yards in the last three weeks. His completion percentage has been awful as well throwing at just a 49.5 percent clip in that time, but he’s never been known for his accuracy anyway. This week, none of that will matter. Freeman had his best game of the season against the Saints back in Week 7, and though I don’t believe he’ll be able to match 420 yards and three touchdowns, he should be able to have a QB1 type of day anyway.


Matt Ryan - Pyro Character

5.           Matt Ryan (vs. NYG) – It certainly wasn’t his finest performance of the season, but Matty Ice was able to put up top-ten numbers last week throwing for two touchdowns, one interception and his seventh 300-yard game of 2012 in the Falcons loss to the Panthers. This week doesn’t look like it will be much easier for Ryan going up against a hard-nosed New York Giants defense, but if you want to beat the defending champs; you’ll likely have to do it through the air, so fantasy owners have that going for them. Being indoors at this time of year is certainly a plus, as is the revenge factor seeing how the Giants knocked the Falcons out of the playoffs last season.


Peyton Manning - Pyro Character

6.           Peyton Manning (at Bal) – It wasn’t quite the performance fantasy owners were looking for last Thursday night against the lowly Oakland Raiders, but Peyton Manning still threw for a touchdown and an NFL record 70th 300-yard game of his career. This week he’ll take on a Baltimore Ravens defense that might get Ray Lewis back for the game, but his return will hardly make a difference in what Manning can do to this injury-depleted secondary. I’m not expecting the world here, as the Ravens have only allowed three QBs to throw for more than one TD this season and none to throw for three. However, they HAVE allowed four 300-yard games with three of them coming in Baltimore, so with Peyton and the Broncos still aiming for a first-round bye in the playoffs, I’m expecting Manning to take control and have a nice game.


Andy Dalton - Pyro Character

7.           Andy Dalton (at Phi, Thursday night) – Andy Dalton has not been as effective the last couple of games as he was before, but this prime-time matchup against a weak Eagles defense may be just the thing he needs to get his confidence and playoff hopes back on track. Over his last five games, Dalton has failed to throw for more than 230 yards but he does have 11 touchdowns compared to three interceptions during that time. However, all three of those INTs and just two of the TDs came in past two games. That being said, the Eagles have been very generous to opposing quarterbacks this year allowing two or more TD passes in 10 of their last 11 games, so this is a good opportunity for Dalton to get his mojo back up and running.  FINAL STATISTICS:  13-for-27 – 127 yards – 1 TD – 0 INTs  //  8 rushes - 18 yards - 1 TD

 

 

Eli Manning - Pyro Character

8.           Eli Manning (at Atl) – It looks like Eli is back playing with the big boys in the top ten on a permanent basis now after three high-quality games in a row. Last week against the Saints was one of his best this season, as he threw for 259 yards and four touchdowns in the Giants victory. Week 15 looks like it will be more of the same for Eli as he travels down to Atlanta to face yet another high-flying offensive team. If the Giants are going to keep up in this one, they’ll have to do so through the air, so look for Manning to be slinging it around quite a bit this Sunday.


Aaron Rodgers - Pyro Character

9.           Aaron Rodgers (at Chi) – It’s becoming more and more obvious how much Aaron Rodgers struggles without a full complement of receivers to throw to. It may have been snowy and slushy against the Detroit Lions last week, but weather has never stopped his super-fantasy abilities before, so his second game without a TD pass this season obviously has more to do the absence of Jordy Nelson than anything else. The bad news is that Rodgers is going up against the Chicago Bears, a team he not only has problems with, but who also happen to be one of the best in the league at shutting down the passing game. That being said, Aaron usually finds a way to overcome the odds, so even though this may not be his finest game of the season, I still believe he’ll come through with loew-end QB1 numbers.

 

Carson Palmer - Pyro Character

10.       Carson Palmer (vs. KC)



Quarterbacks 11-32

 

11.       Matthew Stafford (at Ari)


12.       Ben Roethlisberger (at Dal)


13.       Philip Rivers (vs. Car)


14.       Colin Kaepernick (at NE, Sunday night)


15.       Andrew Luck (at Hou)


16.       Matt Schaub (vs. Ind)


17.       Tony Romo (vs. Pit)


18.       Chad Henne (at Mia)


19.       Russell Wilson (at Buf)


20.       Brandon Weeden (vs. Was)


21.       Kirk Cousins (at Cle)


22.       Sam Bradford (vs. Min)


23.       Jay Cutler (vs. GB)


24.       Joe Flacco (vs. Den)


25.       Jake Locker (vs. NYJ, Monday night)


26.       Ryan Tannehill (vs. Jax)


27.       Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs. Sea)


28.       Nick Foles (vs. Cin, Thursday night) – FINAL STATISTICS:  16-for-33 – 182 yards – 1 TD – 1 INT  //  2 rushes - 5 yards - 0 TDs


29.       Mark Sanchez (at Ten, Monday night)


30.       Christian Ponder (at StL)


31.       Ryan Lindley (vs. Det)


32.       Brady Quinn (at Oak)

 


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11.       Matthew Stafford (at Ari) 

12.       Ben Roethlisberger (at Dal) 

13.       Philip Rivers (vs. Car)  

14.       Colin Kaepernick (at NE, Sunday night)

15.       Andrew Luck (at Hou)  

16.       Matt Schaub (vs. Ind) 

17.       Tony Romo (vs. Pit)  

18.       Chad Henne (at Mia) 

19.       Russell Wilson (at Buf)

20.       Brandon Weeden (vs. Was) 

21.       Kirk Cousins (at Cle)

22.       Sam Bradford (vs. Min) 

23.       Jay Cutler (vs. GB) 

24.       Joe Flacco (vs. Den) 

25.       Jake Locker (vs. NYJ, Monday night) 

26.       Ryan Tannehill (vs. Jax)

27.       Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs. Sea)

28.       Nick Foles (vs. Cin, Thursday night) – FINAL STATISTICS:  16-for-33 – 182 yards – 1 TD – 1 INT  //  2 rushes - 5 yards - 0 TDs

29.       Mark Sanchez (at Ten, Monday night) 

30.       Christian Ponder (at StL) 

31.       Ryan Lindley (vs. Det) 

32.       Brady Quinn (at Oak)